One of the most symbolic aspects of the Christmas holiday is the tree – but a lot of people can’t have real trees in their apartments, or just don’t have enough room. Luckily there are many alternative ways to make your own “tree” that are just as beautiful as the real thing! I have always loved the idea of constructing a tree on the wall using tree branches, and this year I finally got around to making one. It is incredibly easy and the perfect alternative to a real tree – it is displayed on the wall so it takes up no room, and it is absolutely magical looking.
All you need to complete this project are some branches, string lights, and whatever decorations you wish to use on your tree! I scrounged around outside for my branches and was able to find some that were the perfect lengths, but if you need to you can saw the branches to your desired length.
To attach the branches to the wall, I used a hot glue gun and glued tacks to the branches. This worked just fine for me, but you could also use nails or something like this.
Space out your branches evenly with the largest one on the bottom and smallest at the top, forming the shape of a tree. I also added a “star” at the top that is actually a little snowflake made of twigs. Now simply add some string lights and decorations!
For decorations, I used some pine needle sprigs, dried flowers and my embellished animal figurines. The branches act like shelves, so you can just place decorations right on them!
Have you ever made an alternative Christmas tree? Send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to see it!
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Photos by Julia.